This technique will use the Lens Blur Filter alongside a Depth Map to create a shallow depth field effect much like a real camera lens would. While this might not be the best solution for a realistic blur, as Perry states, the key is the subtle application of the process and matching the overall textures. This will help to create a sense of transition between your foreground and background that is easy on the eyes. Running a low-opacity eraser over the same place multiple times will have a cumulative effect, so err on the side of low opacity where necessary. If you want your background just barely blurred, use a radius of. There are over 10 options that you can select from. But i will add color lookup adjustments to make image more beautiful.
As such, I usually select a radius of 5-10 pixels for the blur filter. You should zoom in the picture for a perfect selection and delete the selected part. For a given combination of focal length, aperture and subject distance small sensors give higher DoF than larger sensors. Look at your Layers tab usually in the bottom right-hand corner to see if a new layer has appeared. The order of the layers is very important. And as a bonus you'll learn how to apply any filter in a non-permanent editable way as a smart filter.
I assure you my next post will be a step-by-step guide. Add blur radius to your preference. There is also another, non-lasso related option, the quick mask tool, which is totally freehand and best for super precise selections. The focal plane is the distance from the camera at which the sharpest focus is attained—everything on that plane will be in focus. On this video, nature and wildlife photographer Steve Perry shares his tricks on blurring out the backgrounds by using Photoshop, when he wants to increase the blurriness on his images. If you're working on a multi-layer image then select the layer to which you want to apply the filter.
Zoom in by hitting Z on the keyboard to notice how Photoshop has applied the grain to the image. Let's blur the background to make it less distracting. To resize the blur area while constraining the shape, click and drag the line rather than one of the dots on the blur preview ring. Apply A Tilt-Shift Blur Now, a blur needs to be applied to the Blur layer. Use a filter to add blur From the Filter drop-down menu at the top of the screen choose Blur, then Gaussian Blur.
How To Apply The Blur Once you are happy with your mask, reset the exposure of your brush to zero and be sure the sharpness slider is set to -100. The white section of the layer mask indicates what is visible in the Background layer and the black in the layer mask represents what is hidden. First, the subjects need to be removed from the Blur layer. Within the Tool Bar, the Pen Tool can be recognized by a pen tip symbol, which is located right next to the Type or T symbol. If you want to minimise the DoF, to better isolate your subject from the background and have nice bokeh, then you should use small f-numbers, long focal length, and move closer to your subject.
Achieving a similar result in Lightroom took me more than 1 hour. For example, if you want the background to be very soft and only somewhat identifiable, try a radius of 10. Once you are comfortable using the Quick Mask tool and the Gaussian blur, you can also consider applying other blur types to your Photoshop images. Blur Tool Maybe you thought this button was meant to make it rain, but really, the teardrop on your toolbar is the one for the relatively small and non-precise kind of job. If you want to reposition this image click inside of the box and drag to where you want it.
For large, interior areas, use a high opacity to erase as thoroughly as possible; for edges, lower the opacity to create a softer, subtle effect. Since the layer mask is filled in with black, use white to paint. Next, you need to make a duplicate layer. Add layer mask to the group. This Photoshop tutorial shows how to make a blended background blur, so you can show the whole body and have the background blurred in a realistic way without halos. We are not cloning anything here so, get back to business. Once the subjects have been painted with the Spot Healing Tool, the background should only be visible.
Tip: For realistic blur, remember that the amount of blur is gradual and increases with the distance from the focal plane. With this filter, you can choose different textures to add to an image. Finally, tick the Decontaminate Colours box to remove any color fringing with the color of fully selected nearby pixels. Chime in below and tell us in the comments section. Use the left and right bracket keys to make the brush smaller or larger. This website has been a great source of information for me. If you ever tried this trick before, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
The Blur layer is now a Smart Object, which is identified by the small paper logo in the Blur layer thumbnail. Now, click and drag the top dotted line to the very top line of the image. Convert the Blur layer into Smart Objects by right-clicking on it and then choose Convert to Smart Object. Actually, Photoshop just clones the selected area by selecting the different parts of the image and then filling this area to clone. Also, notice overtop the image is a centralized circle, solid line, and a dotted line. Notice how the foreground and background colors are white and black.
In this video, we'll apply a quick blur to a background. Or, for the opposite effect,. When you are done, then entire foreground object should be painted in a transparent red color. So, there's how this looks without that last filter and here's how it looks with the filter. Keep your duplicate layer selected, and go to the Filter Â» Blur menu. Click on Show Edge tool and Increase the radius until you just start to see the edge. Now take lasso tool and make a rough selection around the subject.